If my sister died recently with no Will and she had 1 daughter and 2 surviving siblings, how will her property and estate be handled?

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If my sister died recently with no Will and she had 1 daughter and 2 surviving siblings, how will her property and estate be handled?

Asked on May 24, 2012 under Estate Planning, Washington

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S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Sorry to hear about your sister.

Since your sister did not leave a Will, the rules of intestate succession will determine inheritance.  Intestate means dying without a Will.  Under intestate succession, if your sister had a surviving spouse, the entire estate would go to him.  If there isn't any surviving spouse, your sister's daughter inherits the entire estate. 


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